• Yoshimi Battles the Gongbangers on OOIOO's 'Gamel'

    Yoshimi Battles the Gongbangers on OOIOO's 'Gamel'

    The nomadic odyssey into parts unknown that Yoshimi — drummer colossus for iconic Japanoise experimental aliens Boredoms — has embarked on has been a face-ripping journey in sound deconstruction. As the beat sensei behind visionary gang-leader Yamantakae Eye, Yoshimi helped paint Boredoms’ sublimely orchestral psych and noise splatter over a trailblazing catalog spread over two decades. In addition to influencing such diverse acts as Sonic Youth, Black Dice and Gang Gang Dance, Boredoms enjoyed one of the most monumentally bizarre major label stint in the 1990s (bizarre even by that era’s “next-Nirvana” exploitive standards).But while Boredoms’ deep oeuvre has reached stuff-of-legend levels, Yoshimi has hardly been the creative slouch. In fact, she’s been a relentlessly prolific force of weird nature whose own output rivals that of Boredoms.

  • Brandon Seabrook / Photo by Michael Weintraub

    Jazz-Metal Avant Banjo Nut Brandon Seabrook's 'Sylphid Vitalizers' Is Contagious

    Led by note-hopping extremists Mick Barr, Mary Halvorson and Weasel Walter, the lethal, yet improbable, overlap of jazz and metal is proving a brutal cross-genre fusion, ascending from the crud-filled depths of Brooklyn's DIY underworld. Add Brandon Seabrook to that imposing list of titans conquering the field.An apocalyptic, supersonic general of the banjo (yes, the effing banjo), the ubiquitous Seabrook raises shreddage hell on a regular basis in his Brooklyn home base and beyond.

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs Drummer + Avant Pianist = Brain-Melting 'Dub Narcotic Session'

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs Drummer + Avant Pianist = Brain-Melting 'Dub Narcotic Session'

    As one-third of art-rock institution Yeah Yeah Yeahs, drummer Brain Chase has earned Grammy noms, played the world's arenas, and sold a shit-ton of records, so he shouldn't have time for moonlighting, right? Wrong.

  • Many Arms Add Sax Skronk to Jazz-Punk, Achieve Liftoff on 'Suspended Definition'

    Many Arms Add Sax Skronk to Jazz-Punk, Achieve Liftoff on 'Suspended Definition'

    For the truly Ill-adelphia/NYC guitarorrists Many Arms, there may be no more apropos home than pioneering avant-gardist John Zorn's Tzadik label for the trio's firestorm of mangled, yet cutthroat precise, jazz-punk fury. After all, the famed Downtown maestro did his part in cementing the prototype for Many Arms' brainiac aesthetic via the radical grindcore ear-bleeding in Painkiller and the surf/metal/country deconstruction of Naked City.

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